On Friday, May 28th, the 265 members of Cardinal Gibbons High School’s Class of 2010, the 101st class to graduate from the Catholic high school, attended a baccalaureate liturgy celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, at St. Francis of Assisi Church.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge praised the students’ parents and the faculty and staff of Cardinal Gibbons, calling them “those special instruments the Lord has placed in your life.”
“Now,” the Bishop continued, “you are sent forth at this exciting moment in your life to be God’s instruments so that in word and deed others may recognize Him in you! ... We pray that through Mary’s intercession and God’s grace you will stay men and women of faith; who remain active members of the community of the Church who gather especially each week for the celebration of the Eucharist; who pray daily; who ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you in all of your decisions; and who live with integrity, striving with God’s grace to do all that is good, holy and pleasing in the sight of God, endeavoring always to be leaders and servants in Church and community.”
Nearly 100 per cent of the Class of 2010 plan to continue their education, attending colleges and universities across the country, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. As of May 28th, the class had received scholarships totaling $6,527,270.
On Sunday, May 30th, the Cardinal Gibbons seniors received their diplomas in a ceremony at Raleigh’s Meymandi Hall.
Above: (left to right) Mrs. Susan Goethals, 9th and 12th grade Biology teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School; Mr. Jason Curtis, Principal of Cardinal Gibbons; Dr. Michael Fedewa, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools.
Below: (left to right) Class of 2010 Salutatorian Sean Magee; Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh; Class of 2010 Valedictorian Vivek Britto.